Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services 

The Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) provides the tools to ensure that all Diverse Learners receive a high-quality public education that prepares students for success.

ODLSS is responsible for student evaluations, creating and monitoring Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and working with schools, staff, and families to fulfill these plans towards greater student development and achievement.

ODLSS uses a data-driven approach to best support the needs of each individual student, and does so in compliance with federal and state regulations regarding special education, including the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

To learn more, read our CPS Procedures and Guidelines for this school year:

If you are the parent of a child with disabilities for whom transportation is provided pursuant to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan and your child is experiencing transportation related problems, call (773) 553-2860 for immediate assistance.

For questions around special education services, please contact the school level assigned district representative.

Meet our Parent Involvement Specialist

Michelle Burgess

Michelle is the proud mother of three children, two of which are Diverse learners. All three children are currently being educated within CPS. Michelle understands advocacy for children. Michelle’s knowledge and skills gained while seeking supports and services for her children have allowed her to successfully walk within the role as parent and community liaison for over ten years. She has also taught as a substitute teacher with hands-on classroom experience. Michelle holds a bachelor degree in Journalism/Broadcasting, and a Masters in Theology.
Phone: 773-553-1848
Email: mburgess3@cps.edu


Janice Gutierrez

Janice is a proud mom to two young adults with disabilities. She is a public interest attorney and civil rights advocate who until recently was involved in special education advocacy in her home district of Puerto Rico. Previously, she worked as a Child Support Prosecutor at the Puerto Rico Child Support Administration, as Directing Attorney at Puerto Rico Legal Services, Inc., the ACLU of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Civil Rights Commission, and as a staff attorney at the Community Law Office and the Puerto Rico Civil Rights Institute. Besides a Juris Doctor, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education.
Phone: 773-553-1841
Email: Jmgutierrezz11@cps.edu


Kimberly Johnson-Evans

Kimberly is the proud mother of young adult who was diagnosed with ASD at age six. Through advocacy, she has gained knowledge and skill sets as an advocate, due process and IEP liaison for families and is well versed in the Department of Human Services Waiver programs as it relates to options and several consent decrees. Professionally, she was a Ligas Family Advocate with The Arc of Illinois, a nonprofit organization supporting all persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities for the past four years. She has been involved in the Chicagoland Autism Connection Parent Support Group for over 18 years and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors. Chicagoland Autism Connection Family & Professional Support Group" is one of the largest family support groups in the state of Illinois. Kimberly received her formal education at Indiana Wesleyan University. Prior to her advocacy outreach, Kimberly worked for two large nonprofits as the Membership Marketing Manager for a combined 20 years of service.
Phone: 773-553-1845
Email: kijohnsonevans@cps.edu

ODLSS Parent Advisory Council Meetings

Thursday, June 7, 2018

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Colman Zenos CPS Office
4655 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60609


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garfield Park Office
2651 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612


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  • Agenda: English | Spanish
  • Members List/Sign In: TBD
  • Minutes: TBD

Upcoming Events

Procedural Manual and SSM Revisions Review & Working Session for Principals and SPED Teachers

*Attending: ISBE Representative and ODLSS Administration
May 29, 8:30-3:00 pm
CTU Board Office, 1901 W Carroll, Chicago, IL


Procedural Manual and SSM Revisions Review & Working Session for Parents and Community

*Attending: ISBE Representative and ODLSS Administration
June 1, 9:00 - 1:00 pm and 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Garfield Park Office, 2651 W Washington, Room 151, Chicago, IL


Procedural Manual and SSM Revisions Review & Working Session for Advocate Groups

*Attending: ISBE Representative and ODLSS Administration
Date/Location: TBD

 

Contact Us

Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS)
42 West Madison
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Main: 773-553-1800
Fax: 773-553-1801
Email: odlss@cps.edu

The Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) provides the tools to ensure that all Diverse Learners receive a high-quality public education that prepares students for success.

ODLSS is responsible for student evaluations, creating and monitoring Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and working with schools, staff, and families to fulfill these plans towards greater student development and achievement.

ODLSS uses a data-driven approach to best support the needs of each individual student, and does so in compliance with federal and state regulations regarding special education, including the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

To learn more, read our CPS Procedures and Guidelines for this school year:

If you are the parent of a child with disabilities for whom transportation is provided pursuant to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan and your child is experiencing transportation related problems, call (773) 553-2860 for immediate assistance.

For questions around special education services, please contact the school level assigned district representative.

Meet our Parent Involvement Specialist

Janice Gutierrez

Janice is a proud mom to two young adults with disabilities. She is a public interest attorney and civil rights advocate who until recently was involved in special education advocacy in her home district of Puerto Rico. Previously, she worked as a Child Support Prosecutor at the Puerto Rico Child Support Administration, as Directing Attorney at Puerto Rico Legal Services, Inc., the ACLU of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Civil Rights Commission, and as a staff attorney at the Community Law Office and the Puerto Rico Civil Rights Institute. Besides a Juris Doctor, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education.
Phone: 773-553-1841
Email: Jmgutierrezz11@cps.edu

Michelle Burgess

Michelle is the proud mother of three children, two of which are Diverse learners. All three children are currently being educated within CPS. Michelle understands advocacy for children. Michelle’s knowledge and skills gained while seeking supports and services for her children have allowed her to successfully walk within the role as parent and community liaison for over ten years. She has also taught as a substitute teacher with hands-on classroom experience. Michelle holds a bachelor degree in Journalism/Broadcasting, and a Masters in Theology.
Phone: 773-553-1848
Email: mburgess3@cps.edu

Kimberly Johnson-Evans

Kimberly is the proud mother of young adult who was diagnosed with ASD at age six. Through advocacy, she has gained knowledge and skill sets as an advocate, due process and IEP liaison for families and is well versed in the Department of Human Services Waiver programs as it relates to options and several consent decrees. Professionally, she was a Ligas Family Advocate with The Arc of Illinois, a nonprofit organization supporting all persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities for the past four years. She has been involved in the Chicagoland Autism Connection Parent Support Group for over 18 years and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors. Chicagoland Autism Connection Family & Professional Support Group" is one of the largest family support groups in the state of Illinois. Kimberly received her formal education at Indiana Wesleyan University. Prior to her advocacy outreach, Kimberly worked for two large nonprofits as the Membership Marketing Manager for a combined 20 years of service.
Phone: 773-553-1845
Email: kijohnsonevans@cps.edu

ODLSS PAC Meeting(s)


Thursday, June 7, 2018

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Colman Zenos CPS Office
4655 S. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60609

AGENDA

Parent Advisory Council Meeting
View Meeting Agenda | Spanish version



July: TBD

Upcoming Events


Procedural Manual and SSM Revisions Review & Working Session for Principals and SPED Teachers
*also attending: ISBE representative and ODLSS administration
May 29th 8:30-3pm @ CTU Board Office 1901 W Carroll

Procedural Manual and SSM Revisions Review & Working Session for Parents and Community
*also attending: ISBE representative and ODLSS administration
June 1st 9:00- 1pm and 4:30-6pm @ Garfield Park Office 2651 W Washington room 151

Procedural Manual and SSM Revisions Review & Working Session for Advocate Groups- TBD
*also attending: ISBE representative and ODLSS administration

Diverse Learners Parent Advisory Council
Consejo Consultivo--Padres de Estudiantes de Aprendices Diversos

If you are interested in becoming a member of this group, we welcome you to complete the Parent Advisory Interest Form. We thank you for your interest and for your involvement in our mutual goal of ensuring continued success for all students in the City of Chicago.

Contact us:

42 West Madison
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Main: (773) 553-1800
Fax: (773) 553-1801
Email: odlss@cps.edu

Page Last Modified on Tuesday, July 10, 2018